Top Ten Games

This is my list of the top ten games of all-time. A few rules:

– The games must come from my collection. If I don’t own it, it isn’t eligible.
– The games must have been finished.
– Only one game per series.
– This list is not in any particular order.

TEKKEN 5: DARK RESURRECTION

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I own it on: PSP and PS3

The Tekken series is my absolute favorite 3D fighting series and it was inevitable that an entry would be on the list. I selected this particular one because it is the best refinement of the series to date. The PSP version is especially impressive since it shows that 3D fighters can be done on it and done extremely well with nothing missing in the translation! I’m surprised more big 3D fighters haven’t tried to bring their franchises to the PSP after seeing this. I would love to see Virtua Fighter on the PSP!

SUPER CONTRA

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I own it on: Famicom

One of the greatest run-and-gun franchises ever, Super Contra took everything that made the first one great and gave us more! This particular version for the Famicom had the same code as the North American version, but instead of giving you only 10 lives, you get 30, not that I need them since I pwn this game!

RADIANT SILVERGUN

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I own it on: Saturn

Coming in at number one on a list of games I paid the most for, $170 bought me arguably the greatest shmup ever made! It was worth every penny! A game that actually has no power-ups at all since you have access to all of the game’s seven weapons from the beginning. The idea is that each of them are very unique from each other and certain ones work better than others depending on the situation you find yourself in. Even with that many weapons always available, make no mistake about it, this game is f’ing hard!

MOERO! NEKKETSU RHYTHM DAMASHII OSU! TATAKAE! OUENDAN 2

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I own it on: DS

I really love music/rhythm games when they provide a fun, unique experience that doesn’t require the use of an expensive peripheral and Ouendan 2 is one of those games. 押忍!

NINJA RYUKENDEN

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I own it on: Famicom

Also known as Ninja Gaiden, this game has it all: sweet ninja action, awesome music, and possibly the very first video game to have a complete narrative done with cutscenes. It will constantly kick your ass, but you’ll always be begging for more!

MARVEL SUPER HEROES VS. STREET FIGHTER

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I own it on: Saturn

Most say they think Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is the best of Capcom’s VS. series, but I disagree. This is the one I love the most because I prefer the small, tighter roster of fighters and the two fighters per team. Besides, it is too easy to rely on assists in MvC2. This one also has superior music and more interesting stages too! If you ever seek out this or X-Men vs. Street Fighter, do so only on Saturn since the Playstation versions are completely gimped and don’t even come close to the arcade perfect Saturn versions.

THE KING OF FIGHTERS XI

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I own it on: Playstation 2

After being a bit disappointed at what King of Fighters 2003 offered, I was hoping KOFXI would deliver and did it ever! SNK added more complexity to create a more interesting KOF. Silky smooth controls along with a handful of new fighters to the series and lots of console exclusive characters to round out a great roster of unique characters. SNK proved why KOF is still their best fighting game series and I can’t wait for what looks to be a hot twelfth installment. If you are at all interested in the series, pick it up! You can’t go wrong at only $15! What a steal!

KLONOA 2: LUNATEA’S VEIL

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I own it on: Playstation 2

A couple blogs ago I stated that this was my favorite platformer, even more than any Mario game and I stand by that by putting it on this list! Fantastic visuals, likable characters, rock solid controls, and great platforming elements/puzzles make this one not to miss!

CASTLEVANIA: ARIA OF SORROW

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I own it on: Game Boy Advance

Lots of people think Symphony of the Night is the best Castlevania game, but I am here to tell you that they are wrong! It is amazing, but Aria of Sorrow is the best of the SotN-esque Castlevanias and the best Castlevania ever! Incredible music, animation, and gameplay! What’s not to like?

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II TURBO

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I own it on: Playstation 2

For being a fourteen year old fighting game, it still is one of the greatest ever made! Everything is memorable. The characters, the music, the stages, everything! Introduced the fighting game staple of super combos and perfected the Street Fighter formula to the point that this game is still being played competitively worldwide today! The upcoming HD Remix can’t come soon enough!

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